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4 Signs That You’ve Got a Great Real Estate Agent

Whether youre buying or selling, having a real estate agent you can trust is key. Having someone in your corner looking out for your best interests will help you feel confident that youre getting the best possible deal on your home. So how do you find that someone? There are a few signs of a good real estate agent. With about 2 million active real estate licensees in the United States, it can be an overwhelming decision to make but instead of feeling discouraged, feel empowered that you have choices as you pick the right person to buy or sell your home.

Clear communication

Having a real estate agent who is available and eager to answer your questions is one of the most important qualities to look for. During both the buying and selling process, it can be frustrating and discouraging to not be able to get in touch with the person who is supposed to be your main source of support. A good real estate agent should always be available by text, e-mail or phone and if theyre not, they should promptly get back to you to answer your questions. If you find that youre not getting the answers you need or going days at a time without hearing back from your agent, it could be a sign that the person isnt prioritizing your needs properly.

Extensive experience

Though agents have, on average, nine years of experience, there are also those who are just starting out. Learning the ins and outs of the market can take time, and its an important aspect to look for when vetting your agent. Try to find someone with at least five years of experience in your area, to ensure they completely understand the local landscape. More experience also means that your agent will have an extensive network of contacts that can help you get your home sold faster or help you find your dream home quickly. It also means theyve had time to hone their negotiating skills, which can help you in both buying and selling, to ensure you get the best deal possible.

Through in-person and online training, Briggs Freeman Sothebys International Realty agents get even more experience, which prepares them to deliver impressive results. From ongoing industry education to selling programs designed to help agents build value to exclusive digital portals and tools, each agent is set up to help you succeed and give you a top-quality experience

Fast and impressive results

Whether youre buying or selling, theres no more frustrating feeling than radio silence. If youve been waiting days or even weeks for news on your home, it means something has gone amiss. If youre selling and your agent hasnt been able to drum up any interest especially in a hot market its probably a sign that something isnt right. They should regularly be in touch to strategize the next move. Similarly, if youre buying and you havent seen any homes that meet your criteria, it may mean you and your agent arent on the same wavelength.

Polished and professional

Real estate agents, above all, are professionals. They should carry themselves properly, look put together, and always be on time for appointments, meetings and showings. If you notice that your agent seems disorganized, is a no-show at meetings or just keeps dropping the ball, it could mean that real estate isnt their top priority. If thats the case, consider working with someone else who has the right professional attitude to help you buy or sell.

Choosing the right real estate agent is a personal decision. But there are a few major elements that can make or break your experience poor communication and professionalism being one of them. Whether youre buying or selling, your agent should always be in your corner. At Briggs Freeman Sothebys International Realty, our company is built on a positive and helpful community that translates to better results for you.

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